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Fairest

Fairest

A Memoir

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"A heartrending immigrant memoir and a uniquely intersectional coming-of-age story of a life lived in duality and the in-between, and how one navigates through race, gender, and the search for love."--
As a boy with albinism, coping with the strain of parental neglect in a rural Philippine village, Talusan found childhood comfort in America from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525561309
0525561307
Branch Call Number: 305.30973 T149T 2020
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm

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Talusan, a founding executive editor of Them, Condé Nast's LGBTQ online magazine, who was born as an albino boy in the Philippines, relays her "journey across gender" in an assured debut memoir with a cinematic flair. (Publishers Weekly)

Being born “anak araw”, an albino Filipino with golden hair, set Talusan apart from birth. In this elegant memoir “written to explain themselves to themselves”, Talusan investigates the experience of being judged as much by histories one doesn’t have as by who one finds themselves becoming.

An award-winning journalist tells the story of how she came to terms with a complex identity that forced her to navigate issues of gender, race, and class.


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brangwinn
Jun 07, 2020

In this memoir, Talusan, an albino trans Filipino-American, doesn’t just set forth on a story of being trans or an immigrant. “I was an outcast among outcasts.” From her childhood as a boy in the Philippines to her life as a gay Harvard student to becoming gender binary and then a trans woman, she has a lot to say about determining your self-identity. I felt editing could helped, the writing seemed weak at times for the amazing story she was telling. At times, the story was tedious, but she has so much of value to say.

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